About me: David Williams

I was born and raised it Wooster, Ohio and moved to Kent in 2016. I'm studying multimedia journalism and history. I've worked for The Kent Stater, Kent State's independent student run news publication for two years. This summer I began working at NPR's local affiliat, WKSU. At WKSU I focus on local issues affecting communities [...]

Barberton: Responding to Rising Waters

The City of Barberton has a long history of flooding; more than 100 years. Barberton sits at a convergence point where Mud Run, Hudson Run and Wolf Creek all flow into the Tuscarawas River. Mayor William Judge called the city "the punchbowl of Summit County." And he's right. Residents deal with flooding nearly every summer [...]

Amateur Paddlers Present Unnecessary Danger to River Recreation

Heavy rains this Summer left much of the Cuyahoga River swollen and many surrounding communities flooded. At least fifteen people were rescued in Kent alone. This led the local fire department to issue a warning to potential kayakers against paddling in high waters. John Kobak is with the Keelhaulers Canoe Club, an organization that teaches [...]

Andrea Irland: Beer, Boats and the Brecksville Dam

After an extensive campaign, the Cuyahoga River is now a designated water trail. The designation serves as an example of the river's transformation from a polluted waterway to a recreational river. Andrea Irland is with the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. She spearheaded the campaign to designate the river as a [...]

Lake Erie Algae Bloom Threatens Fishing Communities in Maumee Watershed

"Lake Erie MODIS satellite Oct 2013" by NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory is licensed under CC PDM 1.0  A case study from the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) found evidence the 2019 Lake Erie Algae Bloom has spread to the Maumee River Watershed. As the shallowest Great Lake, Erie is also the warmest, providing a fertile breeding ground [...]